Since I wrote the letter a few weeks ago, I’ve had a number of excellent discussions with people. One of which transformed into an invitation to give a talk on the topic later this month, which I have accepted. So, on the 28th, I shall be talking to the Canberra LUG (CLUG) on equality in Open Source.
Generally speaking though, I’ve been fairly enthused in advocating the topic. In fact, enthused to the point that over the past few weeks, I’ve written a paper on general equality in Open Source, on which I will be basing a few talks, such as the one I’ll be delivering to CLUG. I’ve also submitted similar talks to the Open Source Developers’ Conference and linux.conf.au, so I’m hoping at least one of those gets accepted.
The paper and talks basically boil down to the school of thought that is best described in the following:
“We live in a world which is full of misery and ignorance, and the plain duty of each and all of us is to make the little corner he can influence somewhat less miserable and somewhat less ignorant than it was before he entered it” — Thomas Henry Huxley (1868)
and which, when you think about it, is roughly the point of the F/LOSS movement to begin with.